Men's Basketball - Wed, Jan. 30, 2008
CHICAGO - Despite trailing by 17 points (57-40) with 12:46 to play in the second half, No. 24 ranked Saint Xavier University (Ill.) was able to mount a successful rally and defeated visiting rival University of St. Francis (Ill.), 84-75, in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) men's basketball action Wednesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (18-5 overall/2-1 CCAC) outscored the Fighting Saints, 28-4, over a 10-minute stretch that started at the 12:46 mark of the second half to complete the rally attempt. Sophomore guard Julian Scott (Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest) led all scorers with 25 points for SXU in addition to his team-high seven rebounds.
Junior guard Amir Resic (Prijedor, Bosnia/East-West/Mather) and junior forward Adam Gregoriou (Burbank, Ill./Brother Rice) each finished with 15 points for the Cougars, while senior point guard Alok Aiyar (Hanover Park, Ill./UIC/Bartlett) posted 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Junior guard Scott Campbell (Detroit, Mich./Waubonsee CC/MacKenzie) provided a big lift off the bench scoring 11 points and pulling down five rebounds. Junior center Rob Rabenau (New Lenox, Ill.) led University of St. Francis (Ill.) with 23 points. SXU shot 50 percent (15-for-30) from the field and committed just five turnovers in second half action.
The Fighting Saints got off to a hot start taking an early 18-4 lead by the 13:40 mark of the first half. The Cougars could not get into a rhythm in the first half and trailed by nine points, 43-34, at the halftime break after USF shot an impressive 57 percent (16-for-28) from the field in the half. St. Francis continued to play well in the early goings of the second half and led by as many as 17 points, but Saint Xavier turned up its defensive pressure a notch over the final 12 minutes of regulation and it paid off. The Fighting Saints had 11 of its 19 turnovers in the game over the final 12 minutes. Saint Xavier (18-5 overall/2-1 CCAC) heads to South Bend, Ind., on Saturday, February 2, to continue its conference slate against Indiana University-South Bend (Ind.). The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.